Adventures in Novel Writing

becky2November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s commonly called. NaNoWriMo participants attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, focusing on quantity over quality and saving editing until December.

In December of 2011, my college writing group decided to do our own version of NaNoWriMo during our winter break. I was a journalism and English major used to writing short articles and poems. I’d started writing novels in the past and had never finished them. I figured I’d try once more with the support of my friends and fellow writers.

The daily goal of writing 1,667 words was difficult at times. There were days I was too busy to write. That meant I had to spend the next couple days catching up. But, by the time our 30 days was up, I had written a 50,076-word novel. It wasn’t a very good novel, but I’d done it and that was all that mattered to me.

It’s now November of 2012 and I’m once more attempting to write a 50,000-word novel in 3o days. This time, I’m certain I can do it. It’s day 4 and I’m over my goal, which is good because tomorrow I have to work, visit my dad in the hospital, and cover a board meeting. I won’t have much time for writing.

I’m about to dive back into my story, but I wanted to post this first. To all my fellow NaNoWriMo participants, good luck and keep writing!

Keep checking back here to see my progress and to learn little tips and tricks about surviving NaNoWriMo.

Until next time…

write on!


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